ANNUAL LEVAN-OXFORD SPRING WORKSHOP
HUMAN RIGHTS IN AND AFTER CONFLICT | OXFORD, UK
The Levan Institute partners with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict annually to offer a workshop at the University of Oxford. Areas of study include human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, human rights law, and peacemaking with a focus on recent armed conflicts. The module is a healthy mix of seminars, working groups, and student presentations. Students meet four times before Spring Break with Levan director Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson to discuss assigned readings and research plans. The workshop will be led by Dr. Hugo Slim of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. Boyd-Judson travels with the students as a member of the workshop teaching team. Other research fellows at the ELAC lead seminars and working groups in their research areas.
2015 Workshop Dates: Saturday, March 21, 2014 - Friday, March 27, 2014
To Apply: Submit the following by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 1, 2014.
- A cover letter describing your research interests relevant to the workshop topic.
- Your resume.
- A list of courses you are currently taking or have completed that are relevant to the workshop.
Workshop Cost: $1,700.00
The amount excludes airfare, but is inclusive of housing and two meals per day. For past workshops, students have applied for funding from a variety of university sources.
Tentative Workshop Schedule
Violent Conflict Today
People’s Experience of Violence
Justifications of Violence
Just War Theory
The United Nations and the Regulation of War
International Law and Armed Conflict
The Work of International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Criminal Court
International Humanitarian Law
Humanitarian Action to Protect Civilians
Oxfam and Protection
The Life of Humanitarian Workers
Building (Liberal) Peace
Making Peace Agreements
The Challenges of Fragile States
World Bank, Conflict, Security and Development, World Development Report, 2011.
Hugo Slim, Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War, Columbia University Press, 2008.
Jack Donnelly, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Third Edition, Cornell University Press, 2013.
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From USC Students:
Marissa Roy, Dornsife Philosophy, Politics and Law '14 and Annenberg MA Public Diplomacy '14
I gained a much clearer idea of what humanitarian work looks like in the field and what challenges humanitarian workers face. I hope that, as a law student with political aspirations, this perspective will help me craft policies that keep in mind the realities of the field.
Melia Albrecht, Dornsife International Relations '15 and Annenberg Public Relations '15
It was an incredibly fulfilling experience for me, not only because of what I learned but because I was surrounded by so many people dedicating their lives to the same mission. Every day was a new source of inspiration and this workshop truly changed my life; not because it changed what I want to do with my future but because it made me positive in that decision.
Alice Lee, Dornsife International Relations ‘14
Spring Break at Oxford was the perfect spring break for me. I was in the midst of planning a research project focusing on development in sub-Saharan Africa, and the issues mentioned in the course were extremely applicable to my personal and academic research interests. Hugo Slim was an incredible lecturer whose experience and vast knowledge came across in his teaching, but he also always made time for questions and took the time to get to know each of us. It was a wonderful mix of interactive academia and hanging out with tea time and a few free hours to explore per day in between the seminars and guest speakers. I loved getting to know so many people coming from different perspectives, all passionate about human rights and making a difference in our world.
Andrew Molina, Dornsife International Relations ‘15
Spring break at Oxford was outstanding! I had fun, learned a lot, and met many new friends. The Oxford trip attracts a friendly group of students, which made the experience highly enjoyable as we would frequently socialize in the city together once the classroom portion ended.
Spring 2014 - Human Rights In and After Conflict at the University of Oxford
FALL 2014 WORKSHOP
THE ETHICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CITY | SEPTEMBER 7-14, 2014 | NEW YORK CITY, NY
In partnership with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, and the UN Development Program, the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics invites USC undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a small intensive workshop in human rights and development. The workshop will be a mix of seminars and working groups on vulnerability, institutional conduct, and the ethics of development. The workshop will be led by Dr. Hugo Slim of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict.
Workshop Host and Organizer: Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Quinnipiac University
Cost of the September 7-14, 2014 week long workshop was $1,460.00 inclusive of housing and some meals. Airfare was not included.
CONFIRMED WORKSHOP LECTURERS:
Hugo Slim, Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC)
Thomas Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program and the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University
Nabeel Hamdi, Professor Emeritus of Housing and Urban Development, Oxford Brookes University
Raj Balakrishnan, Associate Professor of Law and Development at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Nageeb Sumar, Program Officer on the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific Government Relations Team, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Steven Brown, The Maximin Project and Professor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University
PLAN OF ACTION AND SEMINAR STRUCTURE
United Nations Component
The seminar will involve two full days at the United Nations, speaking with key representatives from the UNDP, OHCHR, and UNHCR in connection with issues such as human rights, security, vulnerability, and the Millennium Development Goals.
The academic component of the seminar will involve morning and afternoon sessions dedicated to a critical analysis of the field of development ethics. This will include basic needs, capabilities and human development approaches, participatory planning and community action, deliberation and agency, the role of law, the role of institutions and social movements, and global public health initiatives.
Global/Local Engagement Component
Finally, one day of the seminar will be dedicated to working with a governmental or non-governmental organization engaged in a local or global development initiative. The NGO may be engaged in a development project that addresses a central issue in global and development ethics. Representatives from organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Maximin Project, and the Health Impact Fund will also be invited to address issues of global poverty and public health.